The Snowflake Mine is a gold and silver mine located in Lincoln county, Nevada.
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Commodity: Gold, Silver
Lat, Long: 37.90083, -114.05667
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Snowflake Mine MRDS details
Primary: Snowflake Mine
Secondary: Snowflake Quarry
Secondary: NBMG Sample Site 1720
District: Eagle Valley (Gold Springs, Fay, Stateline) District
Land ownership: Private
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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Producer
Deposit Type: Vein
Operation Type: Unknown
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: S
Mineral Deposit Model
Model Name: Epithermal vein, Comstock
Description: Shearing-Both Pre-Ore And Post-Ore. A Flat Nw Fault Displaces Vein Below Glory Hole.
Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Silicification, Pyritization, Chloritization, Bleaching.
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Pliocene
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Pliocene
Analytical Data: SAMPLE 1720 CONTAINS 500 PPM MN, 10 PPM AG, 200 PPM BA, 50 PPM PB, 100 PPM SR.
Comment (Commodity): AG ORE MINERAL NOT GIVEN IN THE LITERATURE
Comment (Location): INFO FROM LAND.ST :1982
Comment (Geology): SNOWFLAKE VEIN STRIKES N FOR MORE THAN 6000 FEET, MAXIMUM WIDTH 100 FEET
Comment (Deposit): FRAGMENTS OF BLEACHED, ARGILLIZED AND SILICIFIED ANDESITE-LATITE FRAGMENTS AND VEIN MATERIAL CONTAINING PYRITE PARTIALLY OXIDIZED TO HEMATITE OR PSEUDOMORPHED BY LIMONITE. WALLROCKS ARE FRACTURED OR SHEARD DUE TO FORCEFUL INTRUSION OF BEIN. ALSO, MAIN VEIN APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN SUBJECTED TO AN EPISODE OF SHEARING OR CROSS-FAULTING POSSIBLY DURING OR FOLLOWING EMPLACEMENT. BEST ORE OCCURS WHERE CROSS-STRUCTURES CAUSE THE VEIN TO SWELL.
Comment (Workings): DEVELOPED BY AT LEAST 3 SHAFTS AND AN OPEN PIT. (GLORY HOLE) ABOUT 100 FT BY 30 FT BY 25-30 FT DEEP, AND SEVERAL ADITS DRIVEN TO INTERSECT THE VEIN AT DEPTH. (GLORY HOLE) ABOUT 100 FT BY 30 FT BY 25-30 FT DEEP, AND SEVERAL ADITS DRIVEN TO INTERSECT THE VEIN AT DEPTH.
Comment (Deposit): SNOWFLAKE VEIN IS THE LARGEST VEIN SYSTEM IN THE AREA. IT FORMS A BOLD, WHITE, RESISTANT OUTCROP AND IS COMPOSED OF SEVERAL SUB-PARALLEL VEINS OF MAINLY QUARTZ, MASSIVE AND VUGGY IN APPEARANCE WITH INTRALENSES OF CALCITE AND QUARTZ AFTER CALCITE. A PORTION OF THE VEIN CONSISTS OF HEAVILY STOCKWORKED (QUARTZ) WALLROCK WITH VEINLETS GENERALLY LESS THAN 1 IN WIDE AND OCCASIONALLY GREATER THAN 6 IN, WHICH CROSSCUT EACH OTHER AND ALSO CROSSCUT THE MAIN VEIN TREND. BANDED VEINS OF QUARTZ AFTER CALCITE AND/OR SIDERITE CROSSCUT MAIN VEIN AT A HIGH ANGLE. OTHER QUARTZ VEINS IN WALLROCK ARE TRUNCATED BY MAIN VEIN, AND ALTERED ANDESITE FRAGMENTS CAUGHT UP IN VEIN SHOW FINE STOCKWORKS OF QUARTZ. IN ADDITION TO MASSIVE AND PRISMATIC QUARTZ VEINS AND VEINLETS ARE BANDED CHALCEDONIC AND OPALINE QUARTZ VEINS CUTTING THE WALLROCKS. VEIN MATERIAL SAMPLED FROM THE GLORY HOLE CONSISTS OF HEAVILY FE- AND MN- STAINED MASSIVE COCKSCOMB TO SUGARY WHITE QUARTZ WITH OPEN DRUSY CENTERS AND ABUNDANT RIPPED-UP
Comment (Development): VEIN IS HEAVILY PROSPECTED BOTH NORTH AND SOUTH OF THE GLORY HOLE. OPEN TRENCHING AND RECENT EXCAVATIONS (INCLUDING DRILL ROADS) SURROUND THE GLORY HOLE. PROPERTY HAS BEEN EXTENSIVELY DRILLED ON 10-FT INTERVALS PROBABLY ABOUT 2-4 YEARS AGO BOTH ABOVE AND BELOW GLORY HOLE. NO ACTIVITY AT TIME OF EXAMINATION, BUT AREA IS STAKED AND PROBABLY ACTIVE INTERMITTENTLY (1983).
Comment (Production): PRODUCTION ESTIMATED AT MINIMUM OF $31,000 (PRIOR TO 1903). CUMMULATIVE PRODUCTION WORTH $10-15 PER TON. A SHIPMENT FROM THE SHAFT ASSAYED $660 PER TON
Reference (Deposit): TSCHANTZ AND PAMPEYAN, 1970, GEOLOGY AND MINERAL DEPOSITS OF LINCOLN CO., NEV. BUR. OF MINES, BULL 73
Reference (Deposit): BENTZ, J. AND SMITH, P., 1983, FIELD EXAMINATION REPORT, SEPT 17, 1983.
Reference (Deposit): PERRY, L. I. , UTAH GEOLOGY, VOL. 3, NO. 1, P. 23, 37-41.
Reference (Deposit): USGS, 1920, PP 111, P. 563-568.
Reference (Production): TSCHANTZ AND PAMPEYAN, 1970
Nevada has a total of 368 distinct gold districts. Of the of those, just 36 are major producers with production and/or reserves of over 1,000,000 ounces, 49 have production and/or reserves of over 100,000 ounces, with the rest having less than 100,000 ounces. Read more at Gold Districts of Nevada.